Reading v Bristol City injury news as TEN ruled out and one doubt

Bristol City’s opponents Reading are without several options for their Championship clash at the Madejski Stadium.

Bristol City hope to top off a good week as they travel to Reading in the Championship in their second away match.

The Robins claimed a surprise 2-0 win over West Brom on Tuesday night with goals from Nahki Wells and Joe Williams. City moved up to the top half of the table with the victory and ended a long winless run at The Hawthorns.

The Royals are up next for City and as squad selection goes, the injury situation has eased up in recent weeks. Players have returned from long-term injuries and now there is a selection headache.

It was thought that Kal Naismith might be available at the weekend but he is to miss this game. The 30-year-old will miss his fifth consecutive game after sustaining a calf injury in the first-half of the goalless draw with Coventry City. He had been ever present in the Championship before his injury but fortunately Timm Klose has returned to fill the gap whilst Tomas Kalas made a welcomed return after a seven-month lay-off last week.

“He won’t be available for this game but he’s making progress,” said Pearson about the former Luton Town defender. There’s nothing different from the other night so we’re fine on that front.

"It will be interesting to see whether when he’s fit, everyone else will be fit. It’s alright speculating what will happen when everyone’s fit but because of the nature of this league it’s very rare that happens but he’s making progress and it will be great to have him available."

Ayman Benarous is a long-term absentee after suffering an anterior cruciate ligament injury towards the end of last season. The 19-year-old is back on the training ground and recently had a one-to-one training session with Lead Physiotherapist Andrew Proctor and could return in the New Year.

Kane Wilson is to be on the treatment table for the longest period after recently undergoing an operation. He suffered an injury in a substitute appearance against QPR which ruled him out for several matches and it later transpired that surgery on his knee would be required, ruling him out for four months.

Tomas Kalas will be closely monitored after recently making his return last weekend. He has made two substitute appearances in recent matches but will continue to be assessed to avoid flaring up the knee injury that kept him out for an extended period.

Andi Weimann was only named as a substitute on Tuesday and was limited to a 15-minute cameo, with Nigel Pearson admitting that the Austrian ‘needed a breather’.

Han-Noah Massengo was included in the Under-21’s squad after their defeat to Ipswich, meanwhile third-choice goalkeeper Stefan Bajic was absent.

Reading team news

Paul Ince will be unable to call on his captain Andy Yiadom, who picked up his fifth yellow card of the season against Swansea. The 30-year-old exited the pitch with a suspected concussion and may have been absent for the match anyway through concussion protocol.

As per BerkshireLive, Sam Hutchinson suffered a calf problem earlier this month and has been absent for the last two matches. Hutchinson is out for the next three to four weeks which rules him out for the next match whilst he is touch-and-go for the final few fixtures before the World Cup.

Dejan Tetek has a hamstring injury and a return date has not been specified but it isn't expected to be long-term, but he will miss the clash with City. Femi Azeez is to resume training shortly after pulling his hamstring and a late October return was touted but again this will rule him out.

Former Birmingham City and Crystal Palace defender Scott Dann has failed to make an appearance this season after suffering a calf injury and later a 'major' hamstring issue with Dann not expected to return until January.

Reading have major issues when it comes to their centre-backs with Liam Moore out until the New Year having had surgery on his knee. Summer signing Nabby Sarr has only made two appearances since joining but suffered a set back meaning a December return is most likely.